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    The conventional, major-label A&R wisdom on electronica boils down to this: "If only we could find a rock band that plays dance music and can write real songs." U2 did just that on "Pop" -- and nobody cared. Maybe they overhyped the techno angle; "Pop" is far more economical in its art-pop disturbance than "Achtung Baby" and less flamboyant in its ache than "The Joshua Tree." There are loops aplenty, but Pop is about hearts beating, not just pulse beats, and the best mix of sob and throb is in the ballads, a U2 specialty: the grim burbling of "Gone,"... Read More

Bono's arcing anguish in "Please." Taken on its own -- away from the chart numbers and the big shtick of PopMart -- "Pop" is simply an album of great pop. For some reason, for a lot of folks, that's just not enough.

Then there's the Bowie Problem. With the metal-machine-music overload of 1995's "Outside" and "Earthling"'s lip-service approach to drum-and-bass, Bowie has been making too big a deal of staying even with the pop fashion curve. The result: He ends up selling his new material short. The way Bowie lit into "Earthling" numbers like "Looking for Satellites" and "Seven Years in Tibet" on his recent, career-overview club tour proved that he's much better off when he stops worrying about eclipsing his



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U2 - Pop Tour + Ticket Stub   U2   Pop Tour + Ticket Stub
U2 Pop Tour (superb 1997 Uk 9½ X 12 Holographic Die-cut Silver Covered Tour Programme With Fold...
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